Our buddy Rick Steves mentions Dingle as a must-see if you’re only in the country for less than a week. It’s on the West Coast of Ireland so the train took us about 3.5 hours from Dublin. Dingle was once a sleepy little fishing town but has recently become very popular as a tourist destination- we saw Seahawks and Mariners hats on the tourists so there must have been an especially large number of Seattleites :).
On that note, Molly had commented on my last blog post that her parents had just been in Dingle on a Rick Steves tour… and with the time difference we figured they might still be there. So Cale and I checked into the B&B and wandered the streets searching for Ron and Meredith. We gave up after a while and instead looked for a cheap place to eat (which we soon discovered is nonexistent in Dingle). So we just decided to go to a place recommended in the guidebook. We walk in, and lo and behold, Ron and Meredith are sitting right there!!! It was kismet. Or as Meredith says, “we are bonded for life!”
The Summers’ generously bought us dinner and took us to a show afterwards at the local music shop. Dingle is known for its music and each pub had live music playing after dinner. There was Irish music wherever we went. They have some unusual instruments here that look extremely complicated to play- one called the Uilleann Pipes – a 7 Reed instrument that some say you must be a bit crazy to learn and perfect. Also we got to see a woman playing a concertina later on- a complicated looking little accordion instrument that can be made to sound like accordion, fiddle, or harmonica!
The next day, after an amazing breakfast of smoked mackerel at our B&B, Cale and I rented bikes and ventured on a little 30 mile bike ride :). It took some getting used to, since there was no shoulder and you drive on the left side of the road here, but we made it through alive. The weather was windy and chilly but the views were impressive. We ended the trip with a much-needed beer at the Dingle Brewery.